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Paige Hospitality Group Will Launch New Menus!

Paige Hospitality Group's classic American restaurants Ainsworth and Ainsworth Park are revamping their food programs! Starting next week, innovative dishes including gourmet burgers, steaks, and handcrafted salads will grace new and upscale menus.

The new food items are created by Corporate Executive Chef Stephen Yen, whose notable culinary background includes working alongside Iron Chef Morimoto and Top Chef winner Hung Hyunh, and competing on Food Network's Chopped.

Weekend Pick: Beauty and Essex Champagne Brunch Featuring DJ K Styles

Next Sunday, head over to the Lower East Side for delicious brunch and some bubbly at Beauty and Essex.

The champagne brunch will run from 1pm-6pm upstairs and will feature the music debut of DJ K Styles. Beauty and Essex is somewhat famous for their indulgent weekend brunches, and there is no better time than the 23rd to see what all the buzz is about. And don't forget, Champagne Brunches at Beauty and Essex happen every Sunday!

What: Beauty and Essex Champagne Brunch

When: Sunday, March 23rd, 1pm - 6pm

Where: Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex St., New York, NY

Attend a"France vs. USA" Wine Dinner at Bagatelle!

So you think you know wines? Next week, this "France vs. USA" dinner will put your knowledge to the test! At a delicious four-course meal, guests will be asked to sample two wine pairings for each dish (one from France, one from the United States), attempt to distinguish between them, and then vote for their favorite!

Hosted by Bagatelle NY, the sumptuous prix-fixe menu includes:

Peeky Toe Crab Meat Salad with Asian pear, celery root, and a yuzu-miso dressing

Vermont Bijou Goat Cheese & Yukon Gold Potato Cake with endive and apricot julienne, and a fried sage vinaigrette

Happy National Potato Chip Day!

March 14th marks National Potato Chip Day! In case you didn't know, some pretty weird chip flavors exist in the world, and we're not just talking about Lay's Do Us a Flavor competition. Unlike in America, where fake cheese-flavored things reign supreme, other countries enjoy tasting meat, and seafood, on their potato "crisps." This prompts the thought: why is America the odd one out? Maybe, in honor this bizarre holiday, we can try to get behind some of the even more bizarre chip flavors coming from across the pond. Or maybe not.

Au Za'atar is Now Open!
The Wayfarer is Now Open in Manhattan

The Wayfarer, new upscale Midtown restaurant located right off of Central Park, has just opened up its stunning doors. The trendy spot, brought to us by Lisle Richards and Eric Marx, the same team behind The Monarch Room, as well as Jimmy Haber of ESquared Hospitality, already has New Yorker’s rejoicing over the fresh fare.

SELF Healthy Kitchen: A New Line Of Frozen Foods

In case you didn't know, the month of March is the month of National Frozen Foods and National Nutrition!

Let's face it. There are going to be days when you're too lazy to cook and your tummy threatens, “If you don’t feed me in the next five minutes, I’m going to growl so loud that your neighbors on the fifth floor will hear me.”

Maybe you had a long day at work and the weather’s too cold to go out for a quick bite. That Italian place around the corner delivers to your door, but the 45-minute wait isn’t exactly appealing right now. So what’s the best option?

Get Ready for the Brooklyn Chef's Table Dinner Series

Brooklyn Chef's Table, an in-depth cookbook exploring the depths of Brooklyn's culinary scene, has inspired a dinner series! Written by Sarah Zorn, the recipe index will be celebrated with a weekend of delicious suppers, each from a different, acclaimed Brooklyn chef.

The schedule for the four-night journey, which is hosted by City Grit and highlights a different Brooklynite from the cookbook, is as follows:

Thursday, March 27th: Chef Saul Bolton of Saul Restaurant, a Michelin-starred chef will kick off the series by serving a specially designed tasting menu based off fan favorites. 7:30pm; $75 for one, $125 for two.

Culinary Occasion: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Dinner Series

Do you love beautifully crafted cocktails and fantastic meals? (Of course you do.) In celebration of Jack Daniel's Single Barrel and as a benefit for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry, this Bounty & Barrel dinner series is not one to miss.

Tickets for the occasion are $250 per attendee and can be purchased here.

When: Wednesday, March 26th, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Where: Openhouse, 168 Bowery St., New York, NY